Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 16, 6 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition with works by Illustration instructor, Anson Liaw
Questioning the reality has been constantly the prominent issue of thinkers. Where do we draw the line between illusion and reality? What was collectively agreed or codified as the truth or reality might be fictive today. In fact, we see only pieces of what is considered to be the real matter. We still need more light to illuminate the ambiguities. There is a dialectical relation between reality and illusion, but illusion can be the unseen upcoming reality. In other words, reality may be merely an illusion as Albert Einstein said. Art can cast the light on reality through what counts as dreams or illusions. The meaning of art now is far beyond the “Mimesis” and artists have doubted the unquestionable bare truth that bears no interpretations. In a pluralistic world as we live in, an absolute truth is sceptical. Artists apply metaphor, allegory, and irony as a strong means of criticizing the defined, agreed, or even imposed reality and truth. As a matter of fact, they re-create the reality in a selective hermeneutical way and there is no such ultimate stable sense of reality in the world of art. In the current exhibition, the notion of reality which in a broad sense can be more of a fabrication in our world today is challenged and criticized by artists.
By Banafsheh Erfanian
Poster design by: Afsaneh Safari